A visual representation of a geographic region, showing physical features.

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Generating random tunnels

What methods could we use to generate a random tunnel, similar to the one in this classic helicopter game? Other than that it should be smooth and allow you to navigate through it, while looking as ...
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Best practice for designing a risk-style board game

I'm just trying to figure out how to set up the code for a game like risk... I would like it to be extensible, so that I can have multiple maps (ie- World, North America, Eurasia, Africa) so ...
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Custom extensible file format for 2d tiled maps

I have implemented much of my game logic right now, but still create my maps with nasty for-loops on-the-fly to be able to work with something. Now I wanted to move on and to do some research on how ...
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Island Generation Library

Can anyone recommend a tile map generator (written in Java is a plus), where one can control some land types? For example: islands, large continents, singe large continent, archipelago, etc. I've ...
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Alternative ways to construct maps

I've searched around and it seems like most people are using tile-based map systems. I suppose this question is more theoretical than practical (I am not very concerned about memory or performance ...
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Creating maps and tileset for a 2d java game

I'm not a completly beginner to java, so I decided to write a map loader and a tileset loader myself instead of using a tilemap editor like Tiled. I'm using Slick & LWJGL for my game. The plan ...
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How can I create a flexible system for tiling a 2D RPG map?

Using libgdx here. I've just finished learning some of the basics of creating a 2D environment and using an OrthographicCamera to view it. The tutorials I went through, however, hardcoded their ...
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Should a 4x game use one class per planet type?

I'm try to make a small 4x game for my own educational purposes. Currently I have interfaces like IStarSystem which contains a list of IPlanets. My next step was to make classes implementing those ...
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Isometric drawing “Not Tile Stuff” on isometric map?

So I got my isometric renderer working, it can draw diamond or jagged maps...Then I want to move on...How do I draw characters/objects on it in a optimal way? What Im doing now, as one can imagine, ...
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Hide individual regions on a territory map

I have a map of adjacent irregularly-shaped territories. It happens to be a county map, but that's not important. In the game, the player only sees a few to start, and as he progresses to new ...
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Positioning entities in adjacent maps

Say I have a 2D tile based game engine (I don't, but I will soon). I was wondering how I would manage drawing adjacent maps. That is, imagine we have a map that is 50 by 50 tiles wide. Then next to ...
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2D maps, how to structure?

I'm new to this. And I don't really understand 2D tile maps. The tutorials I've read use arrays, but doesn't this get really difficult to manage when they get big? And what if I want different ...
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Is it possible to procedurally place objects in a non-gridded game?

I'd like to implement procedural world generation, but I don't want it to look gridded or blocky, where everything is obviously placed on an integer grid. I know that you can do this in gridded ...
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Node.js MMO - process and/or map division

I am in the phase of designing a mmo browser based game (certainly not massive, but all connected players are in the same universe), and I am struggling with finding a good solution to the problem of ...
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Road / river generation on 2d grid map

This is a newbie question, but here it goes: My map is a 2d grid, and I want to generate roads and rivers. The route from the starting to ending point must not be the optimal route in number of ...
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Random map generation

I'm starting/started a 2D tilemap RPG game in Java and I want to implement random map generation. I have a list of different tiles, (dirt/sand/stone/grass/gravel etc) along with water tiles and path ...
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How can I load a large tile map with cocos2d?

I am try to design a cocos2d game with a big world. The world's tile map is very big, maybe 20 iPad screen sizes worth of tiles. I want to know how to load this using a CCTMXTiledMap? If I directly ...
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Is there a problem with using a 2D square grid for your world map?

I'm making a game with a 2D square grid for my world map. It wraps around, so when you reach all the way north you start out in the south again, and when you go all the way east you wind up in the ...
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Having troubles with LibNoise.XNA and generating tileable maps

Following up on my previous post, I found a wonderful port of LibNoise for XNA. I've been working with it for about 8 hours straight and I'm tearing my hair out - I just can not get maps to tile, I ...
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How to save an arbitrarily large image to a file in XNA?

I have built a level editor for an XNA-based Megaman clone I am working on and one of the features I would like to implement is the ability to save a full-resolution map of the entire level (like this ...
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What is the Relative Rarity of Blocks Generated in Minecraft? [closed]

I was watching a tutorial from last year that was discussing how to create blocks that would be generated with the world. I have lost the link to the video, but the basic issue I'm having here is ...
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Google maps layer for strategic game

I found one web site http://e-sim.org/googleMap.html which is similar to my game idea. But I have no experience on game maps developing. Can anyone share ideas how to make similar functionality like ...
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Provide A Scrolling “Camera” View Over A 2D Game Map

I'm in the process of attempting to create a 2D MMO type game with Kryonet and some basic sprites, mostly for my own learning. I have the back end set up great (By my standards) and I'm moving on to ...
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Help with a Fast 2D Grid-Based world rendering technique

First I'm going to give you my current situation and explain what I'm attempting. I will then pose my question below. I will attempt to include a "TL;DR" for those of you who prefer things to be ...
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Implementing a Risk-style board

I have two images of the same dimensions. One is represents the game board in a user-appealing way, the other represents it in a computer-friendly way where each game area is painted in a unique, ...
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What should I use (controls, methods) to make a 2D tile based map editor?

I'm making a 2d game where each tile is a square and it's viewed at straight angle, no skewing, no rotation, it's pretty simple. Two weeks ago I tried using DataGridView, but as the number of rows ...
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Game maps with “counties” that are split along lines that aren't necessarily straight

I want to create a game environment that supports a 2D map. This is a really basic map, but must be split along lines that are not necessarily straight. So imagine a country with county boundaries. ...
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Whole map design vs. tiles array design

I am working on a 2D RPG, which will feature the usual dungeon/town maps (pre-generated). I am using tiles, that I will then combine to make the maps. My original plan was to assemble the tiles using ...
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How to create a mini-map in XNA 3?

simple map The map i would like to create is like this one, but simpler , what i want to have is a geographical map indicate high /low and a point that show where am i and points indicate enemies ...
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Calculating the number of tiles shown on an isometric map

I'm currently changing an existing computer game from a top-down view to an isometric view. The map consists of an infinite number of tiles. Only the tiles which are currently visible in the players ...
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Transformation order when dealing with Meshes

I have created a player model out of primitive types. To do this I have created a Model class and Component (mesh) class. Each model consists of one or more components my problems start when you have ...
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Increasing the probability for similar tiles to generate next to each other

I'm working on a tile map system, which insofar looks like this (green is grass, air is white, stone is grey, and blue is water): It uses a simple random number generator so that there's a 45% ...
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How do RPG store and retrieve maps?

I'm making a very basic online RPG (2d, and instead sprites I use characters, like a roguelike) and I still haven't figured out how to store and retrieve maps. Until now I used a text file that's ...
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Should i be worried about loading so much data?

So a week ago or so i asked this question: A few queries about my Map Data (& ideas of improvement, seconded opinion required) And the advice in the comment was to ask them as 3 separate ...
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Creating map files for a 3D game

I've created plenty of 2D games and now that I've gotten my hands dirty working with 3D in opengl I want to start a game. The issue is I don't know how I can store all the map data. Not only the ...
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A few queries about my Map Data (& ideas of improvement, seconded opinion required)

so like the title says i'm trying to think of ways that i can basically improve my level/map data. Currently it's "alright" but i don't feel it's great. There's certain things that i'd like to-do to ...
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Difference between orthogonal map and isometric map

I am laughing at myself ignorant on this. Google didn't produce an obvious answer. Could someone explain what orthogonal map and isometric map are, and how they are different?
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Is there an algorithm to detect the “mainland” on a 2D map?

On this map, the "mainland" is all the land that can be connected to the center of the map in the four cardinal directions (north, south, east, west -- not diagonally). I would like to detect the ...
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How can I know how big my game “world” should be?

here is the world map (randomly generated) for a game I'm making: The green rectangle corresponds to the size of one screen. Each pixel represents 3x3 tiles in my game, this makes the whole map be ...
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Is there a good guide on terrain topography creating?

I want to create a map for my level, and to make it look realistic from topographical pont of view. Is there anything that you can recommend? Edit: I want to create a 3D map of islands, sea, ...
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Is there a library that handles hexagon tiled 2D maps? [closed]

It would represent a map that is semi-square of arbitrary size. It would have a simple system for representation of the map coordinates such as 0101 (first column, 1st hex). I'd want the map to be ...
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.PNG tiles to .PNG map

I was wondering how I can get my 110+ .png map tiles conveniently into a 1:1 pixel ratio size map .png. Ive been scrolling through google and such, and the forum's for the free ware game that I am ...
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How to create a map by coding in OpenGL

I have a very good knowledge about Java, C++, Qt, C# etc... and I wanted to start making a game... most the engine that the game per se since I don't like the "design" part of making a game.. I have ...
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Generate islands/continents with simplex noise

Managed to get something like this using a simplexnoise port i made from the original javacode to php: Used some tips from other post: Understanding Perlin Noise basically, lowered the frequency ...
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Help me to fine tune my diamond-square algorithm

Check this map i generated: I seeded a sine wave to act as a mountain range. The lower portion of the sine wave looks fine, but the upper side is thin, the algorithm did not do its magic there ...
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What kind of environment is expected in elevated, hot areas?

I'm creating an "exploration" game where the overworld map will be randomly generated. The biomes are generated using the data given by a "temperature map" , a "humidity map", and an elevation map for ...
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A simple map, four biomes, and how to distribute them

Here's the basic idea: I've got a Rogue-ish, perhaps Dwarf Fortress-ish game, with a randomly generated overworld and several dungeon entrances scattered around it. I already have the dungeons ...
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Best way to solve tile drawing in 2D side scroller?

What i still can't figure out is which would be the more sane way / easier and faster way to draw the map on the screen.. I mean i will use many tiles for my maps in my side scroller.. But problem is ...
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how large should a map be in blender

I'm learning blender and am wondering what size(blender units) I should be making my characters and maps. should i consider 1 blender unit as 1 inch, foot, meter or does it not not matter?
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How can I cull non-visible isometric tiles?

I have a problem which I am struggling to solve. I have a large map of around 100x100 tiles which form an isometric map. The user is able to move the map around by dragging the mouse. I am trying to ...